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Blog Archive for editor during June 2008

A hasty book update Two weeks ago, Joshua Marinacci and I got a notification from O'Reilly that they need to do a reprint of Swing Hacks, and they gave us a week to clear up all the unconfirmed errata. The timing could have been better, as I had a conference to go to last week, but we got all but one of the problems resolved; the comment on page 68 about providing proper shift- and ctrl-...
What do you really want to be doing? For the first time in a number of years, the kinds and styles of programming opportunities seem to really be in play. You don't see this anywhere more clearly than in the mobile space. On the one hand, the newer smartphone platforms (you know the ones I'm talking about) are more like desktops than the limited phones of yesterday. And this is what James...
Another vision of the "next" Java For some time now, we've had a running debate in the community about the "next" Java, which sometimes is understood to mean a future evolution of the current language, and at other times is a code word for Java's presumed successor (recently, Scala's gotten a fair amount of advocacy in this department). But what does "Java 3" -- or "Java 3000", or "Java:...
End of the line for QTJ? OK, just so everyone understands, I'm not the one violating NDA by posting stuff from Apple's WWDC conference... I'm just linking. That said, considering that one of the other hats I wear, I can't completely ignore reports of big news about QuickTime for Java, or, indeed, its end. A post to the QuickTime for Java mailing list suggests that Apple has announced the...
Whatever happened to Java chips? Ages ago, I was coming home from a vacation and bought a copy of Byte magazine... back when there was a Byte magazine... and its cover story was about Java performance. This was back in the 1.1 era, I guess, and it has a pull out diagram showing a lot of the potential approaches for getting your Java code to run faster, with estimated trade-offs of...
A month later, is it still all about JavaOne? A couple of the front page items today reference JavaOne, and that's kind of interesting when you consider that the conference ended a month ago, and that part of the Moscone convention center has now given way to Apple's WWDC, and hosted Google IO before that. Is JavaOne the "gift that keeps giving", a bountiful source of announcements,...
When will Java and iPhone get together? Adding a Java-on-iPhone-related forum post to today's front page, I was reminded of the timeliness of the item: next week is Apple's big World Wide Developer Conference, at which the company will presumably offer new iPhone models, given that the originals have been unavailable for a few weeks, and generate further iPhone-related headlines. The...
Different approaches for ME GUI presentation Everyone I know in mobile came away from JavaOne talking about the Lightweight UI Toolkit (LWUIT). I think Cooper and Daniel were both IM'ing me on Tuesday afternoon, saying "have you seen this?" It's highly appealing as a means of theming and presenting ME applications. And it's the topic of the latest Java Mobility Podcast. In Java Mobility...
Test-first development without the fanaticism Have some test-driven development advocates gone so far with their cause that they've actually turned off some developers? Are the doctrines, or how they're espoused, driving some developers away? John Ferguson Smart doesn't cite any particular argument or dispute in his latest blog, but with a title like Tests first or tests last - come on,...